AAAI Publications, 2016 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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Trust and Cooperation in Human-Robot Decision Making
Jane Wu, Erin Paeng, Kari Linder, Piercarlo Valdesolo, James C. Boerkoel

Last modified: 2016-09-28


Trust plays a key role in social interactions, particularly when the decisions we make depend on the people we face. In this paper, we use game theory to explore whether a person’s decisions are influenced by the type of agent they interact with:human or robot. By adopting a coin entrustment game, we quantitatively measure trust and cooperation to see if such phenomena emerge differently when a person believes they are playing a robot rather than another human. We found that while people cooperate with other humans and robots at a similar rate, they grow to trust robots more completely than humans. As a possible explanation for these differences, our survey results suggest that participants perceive humans as having faculty for feelings and sympathy, whereas they perceive robots as being more precise and reliable.


Trust, Cooperation, HRI, Game theory

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